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No religion in our schools, thank you

By jardinier ·
This is only one of many such instances I have encountered. What is particularly absurd is that the words of the musical item were not going to appear in the program, or be sung in the performance.

I suppose one could say "God save America," except for the fact that God is officially a "persona non grata" in today's USA education system.

How ironic it is that the country which was founded by people fleeing from religious intolerance in England, has gone more than full circle and is now trying to dissociate itself from the very ideals on which it was built.

SEATTLE, Wash.?A federal district court has dismissed a lawsuit over a school?s decision to forbid a student woodwind ensemble?s performance of the instrumental piece ?Ave Maria? at a high school graduation ceremony. Attorneys for The Rutherford Institute had filed suit against the Everett School District, charging that the school?s actions violated student Kathryn Nurre?s right to freedom of speech and to be free from hostility to religion.

In dismissing the case, the U.S. District Court in Seattle ruled that although music is considered a form of speech that can be protected, the school district was within its legal rights to control the content of any speech at the graduation ceremony in order ?to keep religion out of graduation as a whole.? Taking issue with the court?s ruling that the school?s actions did not violate Nurre?s First Amendment rights, Institute attorneys plan to appeal the case.

?Despite what the district court said, this case is a perfect example of the extremes to which school officials will go in their efforts to sanitize our nation?s public schools of anything even remotely related to religion,? said John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute. ?Schools cannot ban performances and restrict students? right to free expression whenever those forms of expression might have some minimal connection to religion.?

In 2006, members of the senior high woodwind ensemble at Henry M. Jackson High School in Snohomish County, Wash., elected to perform an instrumental arrangement of German composer Franz Biebl?s ?Ave Maria? at the school?s graduation ceremonies in June 2006. School officials have traditionally allowed the senior members of the high school?s top performing instrumental group, the woodwind ensemble, to choose a song from their repertoire to perform as a farewell during graduation ceremonies. Previous selections included ?On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss,? a popular composition based off the hymn ?It is Well Within My Soul.?

Thus, having previously performed ?Ave Maria? at a public concert, Kathryn Nurre and the other seniors in the wind ensemble unanimously chose to perform it again at their graduation ceremony on June 17, 2006. The senior members proposed to perform Biebl?s piece instrumentally; no lyrics or words would be sung or said, nor did the senior members intend that any lyrics would be printed in ceremony programs or otherwise distributed to members of the audience. However, despite the absence of lyrics, the superintendent of Everett School District No. 2 refused to allow the ensemble to perform ?Ave Maria? at their graduation ceremony, allegedly because she believed the piece to be religious in nature. The ensemble was then instructed to select a piece for graduation that was entirely secular in nature. Attorneys for The Rutherford Institute filed suit against the school district in June 2006 on behalf of Kathryn Nurre, a member of the high school woodwind ensemble.

The Rutherford Institute
1440 Sachem Place
Charlottesville, VA 22901
Phone: 434-978-3888
FAX: 434- 978-1789

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by john.a.wills In reply to No religion in our school ...

the ensemble had wanted to play <i/> Bhairavi</i> or some other Hindu piece, or the popular Hanukkah tune <i/>Maoz Tzur </i>, would the superintendent have cared? Or is it only Christian music that is banned?

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If you follow these cases...

by RknRlKid In reply to suppose

you will find that it is only things of a Christianized nature that is banned.

There is no law that says that religion cannot be mentioned in school. Over-cautious school boards often make these kinds of decisions.

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Oh please.

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to If you follow these cases ...

Christianity is so 'popular' it's trappings are always going to be recognised as being associated with it.

Victim of it's own success in that regard.

Name a popular Islamic Hymn

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Well Said, Tony

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Oh please.

Sadly whenever 'Religion' enters any discussion, it is closely followed by all the weirdos too.

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What a rude response

by RknRlKid In reply to Well Said, Tony

I am a "wierdo" because I point out that there are statistics about the number of court cases involving schools? Please.

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How do you know...

by Absolutely In reply to What a rude response

that he wasn't talking about himself,
whether intentionally or not?


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"Allahu Akbar"

by Locrian_Lyric In reply to Oh please.

It's a very popular islamic hymn that is usually sung right before some sort of explosion.

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God is great

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to "Allahu Akbar"

Gott mit uns

Urah Stalino

May God be with the righteous

Kill the b'stards

No difference

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Things tend to go BOOM after "Allahu Akbar" though

by Locrian_Lyric In reply to God is great

Gott mit uns... not so much.

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Now, yes,

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to God is great

a few years ago, no.

Fanatics are fanatics, the stripe merely helps you identify which group of f'ing loonies thay are a member of.

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